Princess Eugenie breaks age-old tradition and skips the veil to show off scoliosis scar and recognize doctors who performed life-changing surgery
For over 100 years, every bride from the royal family has donned a veil, and Princess Eugenie had the best reason to break that tradition at her wedding with Jack Brooksbank
All eyes have been on Princess Eugenie even since Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. She finally tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on Friday, October 12. In a beautiful wedding gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, she looked like the picture-perfect royal bride—except for one tiny detail.
For the last 100 years, every bride from the British royal family has donned a veil, with Meghan wearing a 16-foot veil that featured gorgeous, intricate embroidery with signature flowers from all of the countries in the British Commonwealth. However, Eugenie seems to have decided to do away with this age-old tradition, going for a no-veil look instead.
Turns out, there is a beautiful reason behind this decision. The princess who was diagnosed with scoliosis in her childhood had undergone a corrective spinal surgery at the age of 12. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine has a sideways curve. She was left with a scar running down her back, which she did not want to hide during the ceremony.
A patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital's Appeal, Eugenie has been outspoken about "showing people your scars" and she surely walked the talk by proudly exposing the scars that were left from the operation that had such a huge impact on her life. Beyond the veil, Eugenie also ensured that her wedding gown had a low V-neck cut at the back. In fact, it is reported that she requested it.
In an interview with ITV ‘This Morning’, Eugenie had revealed that the reason she was adamant about not hiding her scar is that she wanted to honor the doctors who performed the surgery and also to inspire the young people suffering from scoliosis.
“I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you'll see on Friday, but it's a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” she said, adding, “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it's really special to stand up for that. ‘So that's really important.”
“The RNOH is a huge charity - the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital - I'm patron of their appeal and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you'll see on Friday, but it's a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” Eugenie said. The faculty of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who performed the surgery were also invited to the royal wedding.
Watch Princess Eugenie speak about her experience with scoliosis in the video below.